AT&T makes sharing 10GB of data a month less expensive
0. phoneArena 01 Feb 2014, 14:38 posted on
AT&T announced on Saturday that it is lowering the cost of buying 10GB of data to use with its Mobile Share plan. Starting tomorrow, those with two lines can get unlimited talk, text and share 10GB of data for $130 a month. Three lines will cost you $145, four lines runs $160 and five lines (can you see the pattern here) is $175. You can get from 6 to 10 lines for $15 a line...
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1. galanoth (Posts: 405; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
I looked at my bill and I'd save 60 dollars a month for 4 lines.
AT&T is the only good carrier where I live so this is awesome.
22. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Dude, 10 GB on 2 lines averages to 5 GB per person.
10 GB on 5 lines averages to 2 GB per person, which comes to about 66 MB a day.
3. Beaustir45 (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)
where do i find these rates? they're not updated on att's website?
4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1221; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
My question is what's the price of 10GB & only 1 smartphone.
7. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
$115. It's $100 base rate 10 GB and $15 per line.
49. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
what idiot pays $115!!!?! WAY OVERPRICED STILL , you should get 50GB for that price..
5. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1735; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Ugh, Mobile Share is garbage. 10GB is a pathetic number if you use your phone a lot or travel. AT&T is showing its desperation, though, and that is good. Now open the taps so people don't have to constantly monitor usage or worry about overages.
6. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)
Alright Verizon. Lets see what you do now. I just lost two sales today because of these new options.
8. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
I have saved people a lot of money already. I am going to save $40 a month myself. It's a good deal.
9. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
I like it. It's helped me get ten sales already today and I'm only halfway through my shift.
50. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
just imagine when its only $10 for 10GB,, then see how your saled SOAR! data is still WAY to overpriced, and stupid people keep paying for there stupidity
10. Chrisshenanigan (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Feb 2014)
My question is, will this only be offered to new customers, or can existing customers already signed up with the Data Share plan take advantage of this as well?
18. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Existing so they don't feel left out. I would be upset if I couldn't sign up for this as a current At&t customer.
20. bibekpachhai (unregistered)
It doesn't work for people who are in a contract right now! I called and talked on chat!
26. bigdawg23 (Posts: 421; Member since: 25 May 2011)
It's doesn't go in effect until tomorrow,
45. rightcue805 (Posts: 55; Member since: 08 Jul 2013)
it actually does, I singed my wife and her family up for this plan yesterday and all 3 of them are in contract.
47. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
As long as you signed that contract before Feb 2nd 2014, you get the break.
11. darkkjedii (Posts: 16938; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
I will definitely move to the 2 line one in September, when the new iPhone launches. It'll save us a $120
17. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
If you sign a regular contract after Feb 2nd 2014 you will be paying the regular rate. This $15 per line deal is only for 2 year contracts signed Feb 1st 2014 and prior. It also applies to byod, NEXT installments, or outright purchased phones.
23. bigdawg23 (Posts: 421; Member since: 25 May 2011)
It appears you work for ATT but didn't read the release. Look at this
It says you can save as a current customer or new,
48. ZayZay (Posts: 571; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
I'm sorry but this is what I was stating. The 2 year agreement customer signing up after Feb. 2nd 2014 get charged the normal rate, but existing customers get the $15 plan. I read it over several times before I opened my mouth to make sure it was correct. Thank you.
25. bigdawg23 (Posts: 421; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Here's another link read the fine print existing are eligible.
12. hurrycanger (Posts: 1534; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
T-mobile charges only $160 a month for a family of 5 with:
- Unlimited talk and text
- 2.5 GB high speed data per person
- unlimited 2G data
The price of that plan for T-mobile will be $100, $120, $140, $160 respectively to the chart.
13. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1735; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
The $210 for 5 unlimited lines on T-Mo is really a no-brainier, though. $10/line a month for truly unlimited, without throttling? Brilliant.
42. hurrycanger (Posts: 1534; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Yeah, man. That really is a no brainer. Well, I would say so only if you live in an area where T-mobile coverage is good. Poorer coverage (nationwide) is a reason T-mobile is still way down there comparing to AT&T and Verizon. Fortunately I'm in Houston where T-mobile coverage is pretty good.
Anyway, I wanted to show how unfair that comparison chart was. It compared a 10 gb shared data plan to a totally unlimited high speed data plan of T-mobile.
14. hkendrick3 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
My God I think we are all getting bent over honestly from all these carrier.
40. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
We are but we don't have a choice because we "can't" live without our cellphones :)
16. GeekMovement (Posts: 2022; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Would be awesome if all of the carriers came up with some sort of early contract termination fee deals lol.
19. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Per T Mobile's website:
100 minutes talk | Unlimited text | First 5 GB at up to 4G speeds
This plan is only available for devices purchased from
Wal-Mart or devices activated on T-Mobile.com
Buy your sim card on the website and then call T Mobile to activate this plan - I did....
24. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Are you getting 4G LTE on the $30 plan?
If you talk a lot more than 100 minutes, and are okay with 3G speed, the Walmart family plan is $40 (plus taxes since its post paid) for unlimited talk, text, and 5 GB of 3G speed (overage is throttle to 2G).
28. hurrycanger (Posts: 1534; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
3g speed like HSPA+ over 10mbps or like 1-2mbps? I may hook my gf up to that plan. She's on the $30 prepaid plan networkdood said, but the 100 minute limit is kinda annoying. Thanks for the information.
27. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 169; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)
I bought my phone from Amazon and activated 5GB plan on T-Mobile.com, but it's long time ago. It works for me
21. bibekpachhai (unregistered)
Heads up guys! It doesn't work for customer's with existing two year contract customer.
29. smacsteve (Posts: 61; Member since: 16 May 2012)
You're wrong. It does if you switch to the new Mobile Share plan. The whole idea is that they're giving these idiots a who want to run to T-Mobile to get screwed at both ends (first with crappy coverage and second with owing the company the full price of the phone if you financed) a moment of pause and reason to stay with AT&T. Believe me, you don't want to go to T-Mo!
31. bibekpachhai (unregistered)
I currently have the share plan and I talked to two different representatives and they told me, it would only be for next customer or people who bring their phone meaning after i end my contract.
32. smacsteve (Posts: 61; Member since: 16 May 2012)
They're lying to you because they want you to switch to the Next Program. I work in this business and I'm telling you they don't want you to do the upgrade because you'd get a phone at the contract price and then tomorrow when the new offer goes live you can switch to the Mobile Share Value plan and automatically get the $15 per phone price. If you'd added a new line today you'd have the $40 dollar for the remainder of the day and then automatically be given the $15 deal. If you had the old "Non-Value" Mobile Share you'd be able to change your plan to the newer Value plan and still get it. It wasn't designed to be able to be taken advantage of that way, but being they announced it today and there was that small window, you could have done it. But of course you can't get the subsidized phone now and the $15 line charge tomorrow. It's too late. Hate to be the bearer of bad news on that one. You can however still switch to the Mobile Share Value and get the $15 per line if you have the 10GB data. If you had anything lower you'll get the $25 per line price.
30. philipjfry (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I just talked to att and was able to switch to this plan even though all 5 lines was still under 2 yr contracts. I had the original family plan and was paying 260. Now Im paying 175. In the past 6 months, I seriously was tempted to go to tmobile, but their horrible coverage always stopped me.
44. bigdawg23 (Posts: 421; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I called ATT this morning and moved my plan to Share 10GB. I have 5 lines four which are 300MB and one unlimited. My unlimited line averages 3.5-5GB a month. My plan will move on the 9th. This move along with my corporate account discounts gives me $150 per month pre tax. As for contracts one line is out if contract, my line is 16 months in, another is 12 months and two others are less than 6 months. None are on the next plan and it was switched without issue.
33. Joshua9007 (Posts: 85; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
All I can say is that ALL of the companies will offer a cheaper price if you pay separately to finance your phone. People never understood that the "data" charge that was added to the old plans was only partially to cover the incremental cost of providing data for the smartphone user, and the rest was to cover the subsidy which is the difference in the cost of the phone and what the upgrade price was to the consumer. Also, upgrade fees cover the taxes that the carrier has to pay on this subsidy, because accounting systems match taxes with the sales of the phones.
With all these costs rising and the max ETF of $350, companies are trying to remove themselves from this cycle, meaning that they will offer service cheaper if you choose to pay for your own device and assume responsibility for the payment (which includes taxes). This essentially means that the companies have no up-front device subsidy costs on the books and the cost of the plan is all operating income.
Although this sucks for consumers when they want to get a new phone, at least know most of the companies are selling these phones at near cost to them (no retail mark up) and this is opening the door for some new manufacturers from overseas to compete on price. Eventually this should lead to more price competition among manufacturers and a better price for us in the end.
Even with the new price of these plans (NEXT, EDGE, JUMP & FRAMILY w/ EASY PAY) adding a new smartphone that is $600/24mo = $25/mo+ the plan... so given the at&t $15/mo cost + $25/mo smartphone = $40/mo... OMG!
This is the same cost just in disguise, but does allow for some added flexibility when it comes to upgrades and other such things. If you have used your phone for a year and want the next one, we will assume that you owe $300 and if we assume that your carrier will by it back from you at half that cost, you can pay $150 and then sign up for new financing for a new phone. Additionally, once you have hit your 2yr payment on your phone, it is paid off and you can continue using it and pay less on your monthly bill until you need a new phone.
34. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)
Sweet $100 bucks for 10 GB on my 2 lines. God I love corporate discounts.
35. ChafedBanana (Posts: 365; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Now does that ATT plan require customers to be on the Next program?
36. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Thanks for the info PA, I switched my plan today and it starts tomorrow
43. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I just did it for tomorrow because that's when I data plan actually starts over
39. E.S.1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Finally some good news for AT&T costumers.
Thank you T-Mobile to MAKING AT&T do that !
I was going to switch all of my 3 lines to T-Mobile on Wed (even though their coverage is not great) just to save some money, but I don't have to anymore it is the same price and I never use more than 3-4 Gigs anyway.
So Thank you T-Mobile :)
51. MrKharming (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Also the 10gb plan is for customers who BYOD ( bring own device)